Report: Jay Gruden leader for Redskins job

Report: Jay Gruden leader for Redskins job
January 5, 2014, 11:30 am
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Darrel Young shares his thoughts on Redskins coaching search

Has a leader emerged in the Redskins’ hunt for a new head coach?

According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden “is among the top names” on Bruce Allen’s list of candidates. In fact, “Jay Gruden could end up atop their wish list.”

There are a few reasons why Allen might favor Gruden. He is the younger brother of Jon Gruden, the current Monday night football analyst who worked with Allen in both Oakland and Tampa Bay. It has been thought that Jon could steer Jay towards the Redskins.

It is thought that the Redskins would like to have an offense-minded head coach in charge of the development of quarterback Robert Griffin III, considered to be the team’s prime asset on the roster. That could give Gruden an edge over other candidates such as Mike Zimmer, Gruden’s opposite number as Cincinnati’s defensive coordinator.

There also is thought to be a pro-Gruden tilt in the coaches that the Redskins left on the staff. Gruden worked with secondary coach Raheem Morris in Tampa Bay and he is believed to think highly of some others like tight ends coach Sean McVay.

Allen will have a chance to interview Gruden this week regardless of whether or not the Bengals win their playoff game today. Should the Bengals lose then the Redskins would just have to go though the formality of an interview request, one that the team must honor. If Cincinnati wins, they would be able to schedule an interview at a time this week that is mutually acceptable for Gruden, the Bengals, and the Redskins. They would not be able to hire Gruden or any other coach working for a playoff team officially until that team’s season ends.